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Featured / Health / News / Top Stories / January 19, 2019

Today is the last day for Governor Albert Bryan to take action in either vetoing or approving former Senator Positive Nelson’s medicinal marijuana bill, which was approved in the 32nd Legislature’s last session and forwarded to Mr. Bryan for his consideration.

According to the Bryan administration’s Communications Director, Richard Motta, as of Friday afternoon Mr. Bryan had yet to take action on the bill, stating that the governor was still reviewing the legislation.

But today marks the 14-day deadline given to a governor to either veto or approve a measure. If no action is taken, the bill automatically becomes law in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Governor Bryan has spoken in favor of medicinal marijuana, and while a gubernatorial candidate, mentioned the creation of a registry for marijuana products in the territory that would see the U.S. Virgin Islands receiving a percentage of the sale on all products registered here. Lieutenant Governor Tregenza Roach is also a proponent of the bill.

Even so, some have pointed out concerns relative to vagueness and enforcement if the bill is signed into law. During a December 2019 hearing, former Senator Nereida Rivera-O’Reilly, a staunch opposer of the measure, laid out her disquiet with the measure. She said while the bill’s sponsor, Mr. Nelson, has said smoking was not the intent of the legislation, throughout the bill smoking of marijuana is not prohibited. “If it doesn’t say you cannot smoke, then I would have to take the position that smoking can be allowed,” Mrs. Rivera-O’Reilly said.

She pointed out that the bill allows individuals to have a combination of 12 plants, mature or immature, in the amount produced from the patient’s allowable plants if they are processed at the property where they are cultivated. “In my opinion, from reading the bill, it doesn’t say whether the plants need to be grown indoors, or if it can be grown outdoors,” Mrs. Rivera-O’Reilly said. Proponents of the measure contended that such decisions should be determined in rules and regulations that would govern the medicinal marijuana industry outside the bill itself.

Mrs. Rivera-O’Reilly also highlighted yet another issue, this time one related to patients arriving in the territory approved to use the drug for treatment. The bill says the patients must provide documentation confirming that they are indeed authorized to use medicinal marijuana for treatment. The bill also says the treatment must take place at “the inpatient facility”.

“What are these facilities going to look like?” Mrs. Rivera-O’Reilly asked. The proponent testifier said rules and regulations should also govern such decisions, an answer that did not satisfy the senator.

“I believe a lot of the concerns that some of us have, [that] I have in particular, could be addressed through the legislation rather than through regulations. There is no guarantee that the board that gets put in place will in fact deal with these concerns through the regulations once it has left the Legislature,” Mrs. Rivera-O’Reilly said.

Below, a chart showing states where marijuana is legal in one form or another as of January 2019, and the accompanying legislation.

State Legal Status Medicinal Decriminalized State Laws
Alabama Fully Illegal No No View State Laws
Alaska Fully Legal Yes Yes View State Laws
Arizona Mixed Yes No View State Laws
Arkansas Mixed Yes No View State Laws
California Fully Legal Yes Yes View State Laws
Colorado Fully Legal Yes Yes View State Laws
Connecticut Mixed Yes Reduced View State Laws
Delaware Mixed Yes Reduced View State Laws
District of Columbia Fully Legal Yes Yes View State Laws
Florida Mixed Yes No View State Laws
Georgia Fully Illegal No No View State Laws
Hawaii Mixed Yes No View State Laws
Idaho Fully Illegal No No View State Laws
Illinois Mixed Yes Reduced View State Laws
Indiana Fully Illegal No No View State Laws
Iowa Fully Illegal No No View State Laws
Kansas Fully Illegal No No View State Laws
Kentucky Fully Illegal No No View State Laws
Louisiana Fully Illegal No No View State Laws
Maine Fully Legal Yes Yes View State Laws
Maryland Mixed Yes Reduced View State Laws
Massachusetts Fully Legal Yes Yes View State Laws
Michigan Fully Legal Yes Yes View State Laws
Minnesota Mixed Yes Reduced View State Laws
Mississippi Fully Illegal No Reduced View State Laws
Missouri Mixed Yes Reduced View State Laws
Montana Mixed Yes No View State Laws
Nebraska Fully Illegal No Reduced View State Laws
Nevada Fully Legal Yes Yes View State Laws
New Hampshire Mixed Yes Reduced View State Laws
New Jersey Mixed Yes No View State Laws
New Mexico Mixed Yes No View State Laws
New York Mixed Yes Reduced View State Laws
North Carolina Fully Illegal No Reduced View State Laws
North Dakota Mixed Yes No View State Laws
Ohio Mixed Yes Reduced View State Laws
Oklahoma Mixed Yes No View State Laws
Oregon Fully Legal Yes Yes View State Laws
Pennsylvania Mixed Yes No View State Laws
Rhode Island Mixed Yes Reduced View State Laws
South Carolina Fully Illegal No No View State Laws
South Dakota Fully Illegal No No View State Laws
Tennessee Fully Illegal No No View State Laws
Texas Fully Illegal No No View State Laws
Utah Mixed Yes No View State Laws
Vermont Fully Legal Yes Yes View State Laws
Virginia Fully Illegal No No View State Laws
Washington Fully Legal Yes Yes View State Laws
West Virginia Mixed Yes No View State Laws
Wisconsin Fully Illegal No No View State Laws
Wyoming Fully Illegal No No View State Laws

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I wear many hats, I suppose, but the one which fits me best would be journalism, second to that would be radio personality, thirdly singer/songwriter and down the line. I've been the Editor-In-Chief at my videogames website, Gamesthirst, for over 5 years, writing over 7,000 articles and more than 2 million words. I'm also very passionate about where I live, the United States Virgin Islands, and I'm intent on making it a better place by being resourceful and keeping our leaders honest. VI Consortium was birthed out of said desire, hopefully my efforts bear fruit. Reach me at [email protected]




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